KQ confirms Allan Kilavuka as Group MD and CEO

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Mr. Allan Kilavuka. PHOTO/COURTESY: mwakilishi.com

The Board of Directors of Kenya Airways has appointed Mr. Allan Kilavuka as the airline’s Group Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective April 1, 2020. Prior to this appointment, he was the CEO of Kenya Airways’ subsidiary, Jambojet.

“It is particularly gratifying to me that the Board agreed to support the appointment of Allan to the full role of substantive CEO.  During his short time as acting CEO of KQ, Allan has thrown all his energy into this role, whilst still maintaining his position of CEO of Jambojet,” KQ Chairman Michael Joseph said while making the announcement.

Mr. Kilavuka has over 23 years’ experience in leadership, management and extensive knowledge in Africa’s business environment. He also has proven success in new organization set ups, change management, financial planning, process improvement and responsible strategic leadership.  

The new CEO will join the Boards of all subsidiary companies and will remain on the Board of Jambojet initially as CEO until March 31, 2020 and thereafter as a representative of Kenya Airways.

In December 2019, KQ’s Board named Mr. Kilavuka, as the airline’s acting CEO. He took over from then KQ boss Sebastian Mikosz.

In May 2019, Mr. Mikosz announced that he would terminate his contract with the airline prematurely in December 2019 despite his initial contract expiring in June 2020. Mr. Mikosz stated back then that he would be leaving the airline for personal reasons.

Critiques have however maintained the stance that the outgoing KQ CEO had run out of options to turn around the troubled airline. In the first six months of 2019, KQ posted a Ksh8.5 billion loss in its half year earnings, which it attributed to both operational costs and elevated impairment losses.

Mr. Kilavuka holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. He has trained at General Electric’s world class Crotonville Leadership Institute in New York, USA in Executive Leadership, Advanced Management and Financial Management.

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